I’ve been friends with Mindi for about… um… seven years? She stayed here six years ago next month, so longer than that. Last month, her debut novel was published. Freefall is, no lie, one of the best books I have ever read. She answered some questions for me this week.
In general, what do you write?
Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
What are you working on now?
A dark YA novel about a girl who can’t tell the truth out of fear of what it will cost her.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing with publication in mind for over six years. I’ve been writing just to write since I was a teen.
Have you written other genres/mediums/etc.?
I wrote a LITTLE MERMAID fanfic when I was thirteen. I’ve kept lots of journals both paper and online. Also, my second novel attempt was a fantasy novel with a portal to another world (of course!).
Where do you write?
I occasionally write rough drafts in journals while riding the bus. The rest of the magic takes place at my desk on my computer.
Who is your first reader?
My husband. He reads every scene as I finish it. At times when I’m feeling especially needy, he’ll read scenes still in progress.
Where can we see something you’ve written?
I have a novel out! It’s called FREEFALL and was published by Simon & Schuster this fall. You can read an excerpt on Amazon.com or a longer excerpt at my website.
And to borrow from James Lipton (please imagine that I have a full beard and am strangely affable), please answer these in one word:
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
Cream (when used as a verb)
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound do you love?
What sound do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
Mutha-vucka (Okay, not really. But close.)
Other than writing, what profession would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I should tell you guys, she is JUST AS ADORABLE as she seems.